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Veggie Gardening Made Simple!

Veggie Gardening Made Simple!

A beautiful little vegetable garden, full of an assortment of yummy goodies, is often perceived as a romantic concept, realized, only by those who have forest green thumbs. The truth is that it's much easier to ‘Do-it-yourself' than you may realize. All you need is a sunny location and this simple outline:

  • Three main aspects to veggie gardening
    • Healthy roots
    • Eliminate competition
    • Proper fertilizer
  • Healthy roots:
    • Prep your soil with compost and a 12-12-12 or 15-15-15 fertilizer when you till the ground just before planting.
    • Work in any aged manure you may have acquired
    • Rent a good tiller if you don't have one
  • Healthy plant starts
    • When choosing plants from a your garden center, DO NOT EVER buy plants with fruit on the vine already
      • This is a sign of stress and will slow the plants growth and production
    • Look for dark green, healthy new growth.
      • Bushy
      • No yellowing of the bottom leaves
        • This is a sign of nitrogen deficiency
    • Fast growing plants such as zucchini, cucumbers, and watermelon can be planted by seed directly into the garden
    • Plant cold crops early (April)
      • Lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, peas
    • Mothers day is perfect for tomatoes, peppers and the seed items previously mentioned as well as sweet corn and beans
  • Monitor and eliminate competition (continuous maintenance)
    • Bugs
    • Weeds
    • Bambi / rabbits
      • Tack up dryer sheets
      • Leave an outside radio on at night
      • Commercial animal repellant
  • Proper Fertilizer
    • Extend your harvest by adding a dose of liquid fertilizer once or twice after your garden has started fruiting
    • Too much fertilizer will make your plants grow large and beautiful, but your plants WILL NOT flower or fruit.
    • Container gardening is an excellent way to garden without the space or weeds. (may help bring plants to areas that animal pests may stay away from.)
      • Fertilize container gardens once a week, nutrients wash out of containers easier

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